India v England Cricket Betting Preview – Thursday 17th November by @herefordrich

India v England, 2nd Test – Visakhapatnam at 03:30 live on Sky Sports 2

The Scene

Barring a second wicket partnership of 209 during day three, England dominated the vast majority of the first Test against India last week in Rajkot.

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From the moment Alastair Cook won an important toss on the first morning, the tourists looked a different beast from the one that lost in Dhaka just days previously. Centuries from Cook, Moeen Ali, Joe Root and Ben Stokes – not to mention a composed debut from teenager Haseeb Hameed – means the visitors should arrive in Visakhapatnam (Vizag to its friends) full of confidence.

India will also take positives from the draw. Batting under pressure twice – first having conceded 500+, second having to save the match on an ever turning wicket – the hosts showed grit and determination to ensure the series stayed level.

Virat Kohli’s men will be hoping the skipper calls correctly this week. With runs on the board, surely R Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja will be different animals for the suddenly inform England batting order to tame.

The Venue

The Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam hosts its first ever Test match this week. Because of this we have to turn to the Ranji trophy for recent first and second innings performances  at this venue. However, only three First Class matches have been played here since September 2013.

Recent First Innings First Class scores – 195, 150, 522

Recent Second Innings First Class scores – 272, 272, 369

Recent Results in First Class cricket here – W (side bat 2nd), Draw, Draw

Batting in the 1st innings of the match in this period – Average 289

Batting in the 2nd innings of the match in this period – Average 304

NOTE – (we’ve ignored 3rd and 4th match innings for the purposes of this column which has been written for each sides 1st innings of the Test)

Form Guide & First Inns Runs

Here are India’s last eleven 1st innings scores in Tests, plus result in brackets –

488 (D) 316 (W) 318 (W) DNB* (D) 353 (W) 500 (D) 566 (W) 334 (W) 215 (W) 80/0* (D) 201 (W) – Average 365

Here are England’s last eleven 1st innings scores in Tests, plus result in brackets –

537 (D) 244 (L) 293 (W) 328 (L) 297 (W) 589/8d (W) 272 (L) 416 (D) 498/9d (W) 298 (W) 342 (L)  – Average 373


India will have been satisfied with the way they batted first time around in Rajkot. Murali Vijay made his 7th Test ton and lifted his career average to above 40, whilst number three Chet Pujara narrowly missed out on top run scorer with his busy 124 from 206 balls. Gambhir (below) remains a problem but he’s a stand in for the injured trio of Rohit Sharma, Shikar Dhawan and KL Rahul. Captain Kohli recovered from the shock of being out hit wicket with a second innings unbeaten 49 to save the Test for his country, just when there were glimpses of a major wobble starting to occur. Expect more from Ajinkya Rahane than his Rajkot contributions of 13 and 1, whilst Ashwin showed England that he is also a fair middle order batsman to go with his top class off spinners these days. Ashwin’s 102 runs included significant scores in both innings and took his career batting average to 34.2 in Test matches – not bad when you consider he also has 223 wickets at 24.9 as well! Leg spinner Amit Mishra had a game to forget with match figures of 3-158 and could sit out at Vizag. Ravi Jadeja’s batting will keep him in the side, whilst one of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami could sit out for Ishant Sharma – a five match Test series will always see rotation take place.

England might finally have found a partner for Alastair Cook in Haseeb Hameed. It wasn’t just the runs that the teenager made (31 & 82) that was impressive, it was the manner in which he compiled them. Composed, calm, collected. There was more than a hint of Joe Root about his technical batting (no bad thing) with a hint of Cook in regards his temperament at the crease (again, no bad thing) Root set the game up for England with his 124 whilst Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes’ middle order tons ensured the tourists were always going to boss the match. Rashid (below) had his best game for England in red ball cricket whilst Surrey slow left armer Zaf Ansari took 3 scalps but struggled to give control. Cook seems to like having his left-arm variety, but he could miss out here if the tourists see Jimmy Anderson fit enough to return here at Vizag. Stuart Broad bowled with great heart on his 100th Test and will play again here, however expect him to rest up at some point. Chris Woakes bowled quickly and managed to nail Pujara three times in one spell on the third morning – impressive given the surface. The Warwickshire man bowled 35 overs for just 63 runs in Rajkot.

Ones To Watch

It is fair to say that Gautam Gambhir is only in this India XI due to injuries to others. These opportunities need to be taken when presented, especially when you are 35 years of age. Gambhir last made a Test ton in 2010, some 31 matches ago. Contributions of 29 and 0 at Rajkot just won’t cut the mustard – he needs a score at Vizag. Otherwise his international career could be over once more.

Adil Rashid had a poor series in Bangladesh but returned in Rajkot with 7 wickets that nearly gave England victory on day 5. It helped having 537 on the board to bowl to, but Rashid totally out bowled his Indian spin counterparts with 4-114 and 3-64. He still might offer the odd boundary ball, but his mystery could just be the tourists biggest hope of nabbing a victory – or two – somewhere down the line.


Cricket Betting

Adil Rashid

First Innings Runs Markets

Proceed with caution, this a ground we have very little to go on. Early shots from the ground suggest this could be a tough pitch to bat on from early on – dry, dusty, cracked.

Whoever bats first I recommend backing any UNDER RUNS around the 345-350 mark.

Top First Innings Batsman Market

Virat Kohli looked dangerous at Rajkot and should be considered for top India bat at 3.50 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage.

Suddenly England have five batsman in form! Hameed Haseeb looked the part in Rajkot and is surprisingly as high as 7.0 to top score here with BetVictor.


Prices correct at time of writing.

By @herefordrich



Bangladesh v England Cricket Betting Preview – Friday 28th October by @herefordrich

Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test – Shere Bangla National, live on Sky Sports 2

The Scene

Back in Duncan Fletcher’s early days as England coach he used to talk of moral victories – or in sporting talk – taking the positives out of defeat. That is certainly something that Bangladesh will be doing as the Test series moves onto Dhaka after a humdinger of a 1st Test ended in the most narrow of 22 run defeats for the home side.

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Even when touring the sub-continent, England have much higher expectancies nowadays than those early Fletcher years. After all, Alastair Cook led his team to a series win in India several years ago. However, this current squad are significantly less experienced than that 2012 outfit, meaning even a series win in Bangladesh would be rightly seen as a decent scalp. The class of 2016 head off to India for a five-match Test series next week, but not before Bangladesh get a second opportunity to turnover Cook’s men this week in Dhaka.

Mushfiqur Rahim’s men are ever improving in Test cricket after becoming a highly competitive opposition in ODI’s in recent years. A compliment to his sides progress in red ball cricket is to say that a win in Dhaka would no longer be a surprise.

If the home side can win the toss and post a score batting first, the tourists could easily become the home sides biggest scalp in their cricketing history.


There’s been a bit of weather around in Dhaka in the last week and Saturday and Sunday (days two and three) look like they could see some interruptions due to rain. As you don’t need this preview to tell you, it’s going to be hot and sticky throughout.

The Venue

The Shere Bangla National stadium has hosted 14 Tests in which 11 have yielded a positive result. Last years draw involving the touring South Africans was severely hit by wet weather – as was the 2013 Test v New Zealand – this is a result wicket, despite regular big scores.

Here’s the last five Test matches with the first two innings match scores and the winner/result of the test in bold text –

2015 – 1st inns 246/8 (BAN) 2nd inns RAIN – DRAW

2015 – 1st inns 557/8d (PAK) 2nd inns 203 (BAN) – PAKISTAN

2014 – 1st inns 232 (BAN) 2nd inns 730/6d (SL) – SRI LANKA

2013 – 1st inns 282 (BAN) 2nd inns 437 (NZ) – DRAW

2012 – 1st inns 527/4d (WI) 2nd inns 556 (BAN) – WEST INDIES

Batting in the 1st innings of the match in this period – Average 368

Batting in the 2nd innings of the match in this period – Average 481

NOTE – (we’ve ignored 3rd and 4th match innings for the purposes of this column which has been written for each sides 1st innings of the Test)

Form Guide & First Inns Runs

Here are Bangladesh‘s last ten 1st innings scores in Tests, plus result in brackets –

248 (L) 246/8 (D) 326 (D) 256 (D) 203 (L) 332 (D) 503 (W) 433 (W) 254 (W) 161 (L) –

Average 295

Here are England‘s last ten 1st innings scores in Tests, plus result in brackets –

293 (W) 328 (L) 297 (W) 589/8d (W) 272 (L) 416 (D) 498/9d (W) 298 (W) 342 (L) 323 (W) – Average 343


Bangladesh are sure to make one change from the XI that went so close in Chittagong. Seamer Shafiul Islam sits out and his place in the side could be taken by either Subahis Roy or Mosaddek Hossain. Neither have played at this level before. Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes both showed signs of form in the 1st Test, Tamim making 78 in this first innings, Imrul making a quick-fire 43 in the second. Mominul Haque still averages 52 in Test cricket whilst Mahmudullah made 38 and 17 and will be keen to convert his starts into something more meaningful. Shakib al-Hasan showed off his brilliant all-round skills with 55 runs and 7 wickets whilst skipper Mushfiqur looked to be leading his side to a win with a second innings knock of 39, before getting an unplayable delivery. Sabbir (below) had an excellent debut whilst spinners Taijul Islam and 18-year old Mehedi Hasan Miraz shared 11 wickets at Chittagong. The later looks a fabulous prospect.

England have already confirmed that Zaf Ansari will debut at Dhaka. As Cook said a few days ago, there will be rotation for this Asian odyssey his side are currently undertaking. Ansari is likely to replace Surrey team-mate Gareth Batty, who took 4 wickets on his return to Test cricket after eleven and a half years. Stuart Broad bowled with great skill and control last week, including a long spell in the second innings. He’s going to sit out here and be replaced by Steven Finn. Chris Woakes could also miss out and be replaced by Jake Ball who bowled very well in the ODI series. Ben Duckett got the nod as Cook’s latest opening partner and looked frenetic during his short stays of 14 and 15. Joe Root should find more rhythm as the winter progresses whilst Ballance (below) gets another chance to impress. Ben Stokes was awesome in Chittagong with bat and ball, bowling with great skill with reverse swing. His 4 wickets in the first innings and 85 runs in the second innings were surely the difference between winning and losing. Jonny Bairstow has now scored the most runs of any wicket-keeper in the history of Tests in a calendar year courtesy of 52 and 47 in the 1st Test. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid shared 8 wickets in the Chittagong win.

Ones To Watch

Sabbir Rahman so nearly led his side to the most famous of wins during his maiden Test cap in the 1st Test. Finishing unbeaten on 64* would have been so disappointing, but in the cold light of day it appears that Bangladesh have found themselves another fine batsman who could be around for many years to come.


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Sabbir Rahman


Gary Ballance has now played 20 Test matches and has a decent average of 41. The problem is since his return to the side in July after an absence of twelve months, his run of scores read 6, 43, 23, 70, 28, 8, 17, 1, 9. England are keen to avoid returning to the bad old days of dropping players and bringing them back in, but Ballance is surely on borrowed time?

Runs Markets

If Bangladesh bat first I recommend backing any UNDER RUNS around the 360-365 mark.

If England bat first I recommend backing any UNDER RUNS around the 420-425 mark.

Top First Innings Batsman Market

Mahmudullah bats at his own pace and rarely fails – back him at 6.0 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage to be top scorer for Bangladesh in their first innings.

Joe Root looked in decent touch during the first innings last week and should be backed at 3.75 with BetVictor to top score for England first time around.

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @herefordrich.